Is Hibiscus Tea Good For You?

Is Hibiscus Tea Good For You?
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The flower that puts the zing in Red Zinger®.

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What about something a little more familiar? Hibiscus, which is what puts the zing in Red Zinger® tea. Harmful, harmless, or helpful?

Once again, wonderful stuff.

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Doctor's Note

Check out these other videos on hibiscus tea:
How Much Hibiscus Tea is Too Much?
Hibiscus Tea vs. Plant-Based Diets for Hypertension
Protecting Teeth From Hibiscus Tea

Little did I know how good it was! Check out: Better than Green Tea? The impressive manganese content of hibiscus tea may exceed recommended limits at high intakes, though, so we probably shouldn’t drink more than a quart a day.

Also check out my other “HHH” videos (Harmful, Harmless, or Helpful?) – listed below the post.

For further context, see my associated blog post: Soy milk: shake it up!

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    1. Hi Doctor. Hibiscus petals are notoriously high in acid content. Is it
      likely that drinking hibiscus tea over a long period of time may damage
      tooth enamel? Thanks

      1. Yes, powdered turmeric as tea or added as a spice to foods is shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits. Shoot for about half a teaspoon daily. -Dr Anderson, Health Support Volunteer

      1. Hi, lorelei Tinkham! I am not aware of any reason hibiscus tea would not be safe for breastfeeding moms, although I would not give it to a baby directly. As long as you do not drink more than a quart a day, it should be safe for you. Ideally, your baby should only get your milk and water until about 6 months of age. You can find everything on this site related to hibiscus tea here: https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/hibiscus-tea/ I hope that helps!

  1. Hey there HereHere!
    To answer your question, if you look at the study, I quote “The [hibiscus tea] did not induce DNA fragmentation. The results suggest that [hibiscus tea] extracts have antimutagenic activity against 1-NP and decrease the proliferation of HeLa cells, probably due to phenolic acid composition.” Basically, it protects your DNA from damage which implies that it is a good source of antioxidants. For more on phytonutrients like phenolic acid see the videos here: http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/phytonutrients/

    Hope this answers you question on its benefits!

    1.  Licorice can be harmful but like many potentially harmful compounds “The dose makes the poison”. The amount of licorice in your tea is probably very small and would be fine. I would avoid if pregnant or possibly pregnant. View more information on licorice at Look at http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-licorice-good-for-you/. Even water felt to be one of the least toxic substances can cause death if consumed in high quantities as one women unfortunately found out in a radio contest called, “Hold your Wee for a Wii”, in Sacramento CA in 2007. Be well.

  2. Are there any studies on hibiscus tea consumption during pregnancy? I’m pregnant right now and would love to drink something a bit bitter but have read that hibiscus can be harmful during pregnancy- but usually the articles offer no citations, only speculation. I’d love to know if I can safely consume this beverage while pregnant. Thank you.

  3. Hi, Becky! There are studies on hibiscus and pregnancy, but they appear to only have been done on rats and mice, and most are related to preventing pregnancy. It may be safe to drink hibiscus tea during pregnancy, as long as you don’t drink too much. I would probably limit myself to a cup or two a day. You can find everything on this site related to hibiscus tea here: https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/hibiscus-tea/ I hope that helps!

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